What Will Happen Without A Philanthropist-Mayor?

Friday, December 13, 2013

Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio and Mayor Michael Bloomberg at City Hall (Brigid Bergin/WNYC)

Rory Lancman, former Assembleyman and incoming City Councilman, discusses how Mike Bloomberg ran the city like a philanthropist, using private money to solve public problems, and what comes next.

Over twelve years as mayor, Mayor Bloomberg favored individual, often market-based (and occasionally idiosyncratic) experiments to combat specific aspects of economic stagnation for a relative few, while disdaining using the levers of government policymaking to broadly expand economic mobility and lower our staggering cost of living. The result speaks for itself: the City's middle class contracted rather than expanded, and voters chose a new mayor and city council determined to try a different approach.

-- Lancman from his Huffington Post Op-Ed.


Rory Lancman
News, weather, Radiolab, Brian Lehrer and more.
Get the best of WNYC in your inbox, every morning.

Comments [8]


Newsflash bro, programming is second after dishwashing for most imported third world immigrant workers. People who think programming is some globalization proof job obviously have no clue.

Dec. 13 2013 12:09 PM
Rachel from Chelsea

Always so weird to hear this left and right stuff.

The billionaire mayor has been giving away hundreds of millions, this is not capitalism, it is cronyism, they steal from us and give to their buddies through unelected agencies like the NYCEDC the NYSESD BOEDC and others and give to cronies like dan doctoroff and peter ackerman under the guise of "jobs" and the "economy"

Dec. 13 2013 10:50 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Minimum wage laws could work when we had no trade with China or India or much of the rest of the world. And when we had fewer third world immigration. But I doubt raising minimum wages will do much other than raise prices which will end up reducing job opportunities. What NY needs is high tech industries, as Bloomberg was trying to foster and better education so that young people can avail themselves of such jobs. But without enough stress on vocational education, I doubt it. We should have classes in computer programming as we do with biology and chemistry.

Dec. 13 2013 10:44 AM
Kate from Hamilton Heights

@Martin - I am a Leftie and I also did not like the woman judging Bloomberg for using his own money. Otherwise, her criticisms were reasonable.

Dec. 13 2013 10:40 AM
RJ from prospect hts.

I don't vote for a government to have *1* person, the mayor, decide through his billions what is an effective policy. Nor to intimidate nonprofits. That is what Bloomberg has done for 12 years. He has picked and chosen for his own ideological and aristocratic reasons to encourage those with big money to decide what's good for the rest of us. Nonprofits would not fight back or speak up because they were afraid of losing whatever of his private funding they may have been getting--or hoped to get--in order to survive.

We need an *elected* government, not a government by the individual. Democracy--the argument of ideas--may be messy and impure, but it is preferable to one person deciding the priorities.

Dec. 13 2013 10:39 AM
Kate from Hamilton Heights

I'm sorry that your guest disavowed the very important, ethical laudable goal of wealth redistribution. That, along with the encouragement of responsible wealth creation, is the goal of all good social policy.

Dec. 13 2013 10:38 AM
lcruz from brooklyn

how many people are positively affected by having a cleaner NYC environment ?, only 100K

Dec. 13 2013 10:29 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Great topic - typified during yesterday's show by the ridiculous, whiny caller (identifying herself as a teacher, naturally) who blamed Bloomberg for the closing of Saint Vincent's Hospital because he didn't "USE SOME OF HIS OWN MILLIONS" (she said!) to keep it open!!!

Lefties have hated him because he is rich .... but they have no problem with him acting as their entitlement sugar daddy.

The Left here knows no shame.

Dec. 13 2013 07:24 AM

Leave a Comment

Register for your own account so you can vote on comments, save your favorites, and more. Learn more.
Please stay on topic, be civil, and be brief.
Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments. Names are displayed with all comments. We reserve the right to edit any comments posted on this site. Please read the Comment Guidelines before posting. By leaving a comment, you agree to New York Public Radio's Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use.